There is always the hope that the Apple Store will actually have a blow out sale one of these Black Fridays, but for this year, we won’t hold our breath. If you’re looking to find some ways to save on Apple products, it is likely you should shop anywhere BUT the Apple Store. Sure, the Apple Store will have the same predictable 5% discounts and free shipping on iPods, iPads, and MacBooks, but for more sizable discounts, we steer you towards Amazon, Best Buy, or MacMall.
In terms of new products, we predict the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 will be released by Black Friday, which will set off discounts on the previous generations like the iPad 4. The iPad Mini and the iPad 2 will most likely discontinued and sent to the Apple graveyard. You can find great deals on discontinued and refurbished Apple products when you shop other online retailers.
In terms of the iPhone, we have been seeing some awesome deals on the newest generation of iPhone, the 5c. This colorful model debuted at the end of September, and less than two weeks later, Best Buy, Walmart, and RadioShack were already selling the 16GB device for under $50. All of the discounts are only available in store and include signing a two year contract with a wireless provider. (Unfortunately, the Best Buy deal ended on October 7.)
If you’re looking to buy an iPhone 5c on Black Friday, Walmart is currently the place to go, though the deal will stand even after Black Friday as we expect they will be extending the iPhone 5c deal through the 2013 holiday season.